The Austrian Starlinger Group’s Chinese branch is producing circular looms for plastic fabrics since 2006. Moreover, in autumn 2018, Starlinger Taicang achieved a milestone with the 10,000th circular loom.
Currently, Starlinger Plastics Machinery Taicang employs a workforce of around 75 employees. The plant occupies the space of 9,400 m² in the Chinese province Jiangsu near Shanghai. This factory is a local branch of the Austrian Starlinger Group. It has an added advantage because timely recognized the potential of the Chinese market and the importance of a global presence.
Starlinger Taicang undertook production of circular looms just a year after its foundation. The present scene is that these looms are used in various parts of the world. The factory’s annual production has reached to 1,000 machines with the increasing machines every year.
The first models produced at Starlinger Taicang were called Omega 6 and Omega 1000. In 2013, the Starlinger Group set the course for the future with the development of the cost-optimized circular loom series RX, which is produced exclusively in China. The successful series was gradually extended and currently includes the models RX 6.0, RX 6.1 und RX 8.0 II. These models feature extremely low production costs per square meter of fabric and are well ahead of the competition with top production speeds.
“With the RX 6.0, we have the circular loom with the best price-performance ratio worldwide on the market.” quoted plant manager Franz Hopflinger, who in November 2018 was delighted to record the 10,000th circular loom built in China.
He also added: “But Starlinger Taicang does not only produce machines; as a sales and service center, we are also an important hub in the Asian region.”
This statement of Hopflinger suggests to numerous events that Starlinger organizes in Taicang. Over the years, the site has not only been the venue of an open house which takes place every second year in parallel to Chinaplas exhibition in Shanghai, but has also hosted regional sales meetings as well as the information event AD*STAR Days. Such events offer the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into the entire Starlinger product portfolio especially for Asian customers.
Starlinger is the world’s only supplier of the entire technology for the production of woven sacks, big bags, or technical textiles from plastic tapes. It also offers a whole range of complementary machinery – made in Austria. Along with circular looms, the portfolio includes tape extrusion lines, winding machines, lines for coating, printing and conversion as well as recycling machines for production scrap and post-consumer waste.